Recognition for Tipp businesses embracing Fairtrade

Businesses that have embraced the Fairtrade concept have been recognised by the Mayor of Tipperary, Cllr.Jacqui Finnan.

Businesses that have embraced the Fairtrade concept have been recognised by the Mayor of Tipperary, Cllr.Jacqui Finnan.

Local businesses and organisations gathered at Tipperary Golf Club recently to receive a framed certificate of Tipperary Town’s Fairtrade status from the Mayor of Tipperary, Jacqui Finnan.

Over a cup of Fairtrade coffee local Tipperary shops, restaurants and businesses were congratulated on their on-going support of the Fairtrade campaign by stocking or serving Fairtrade products.

Ireland has the highest awareness of the Fairtrade symbol globally and still has the highest purchase rate per capita, despite the recession. Consumers still have high expectations of companies combating poverty. According to a survey carried out by Fairtrade International in 2011, 79% of consumers say companies can play an important role in reducing poverty through the way they do business. Trade is a more sustainable approach to dealing with world hunger than charity.

Fairtrade cotton products like towels, sheets and school uniforms are now being manufactured. Shops were asked to consider stocking these products as well as the traditional tea, coffee, and other food products. Fairtrade cotton shoelaces in bright colours are available from Fairtrade Ireland and in local shops. Promoting Fairtrade cotton will be high on the agenda over the next three years to support trade with cotton farmers in some of the world’s poorest countries. Buying Fairtrade certified cotton means that even the person at the bottom of the supply chain receives a fair price for their cotton. If you don’t see it in your local stores ask the manager to kindly stock it! For more information on fair-trade visit www.fairtrade.ie